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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/16/16

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Yankees’ brass thinks Girardi did a fine job as manager in 2016; the Yankees may have to look internally to answer their pitching questions; AFL Scorpions manager Tom Goodwin compares Kaprielian’s stuff to that of Jacob deGrom; Chambliss talks about famous ALCS home run on the 40th anniversary of it

MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
No one better touch my bagel
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Around the Empire

NJ.com | Joe Giglio: Joe Girardi, also known as “FIRE GIRARDI” had a very interesting 2016. According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees’ higher ups thought Girardi did a “fine” or “OK” job in 2016. Not exactly the most glowing endorsement. To be fair, April was a pretty bad month. To be fairer, this could be due to contract negotiations. To be fairest, “FIRE GIRARDI!”

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: The Yankees have a few questions to answer during this offseason. One of the primary questions will be pitching. They need pitching and there’s not all that much pitching available. With the market looking like slim pickings this upcoming season, the Yankees may have to rely on their farm to fill their needs. At least James Kaprielian is giving them a bit of hope during the Arizona Fall League.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Speaking of the Yankees’ top pitching prospect, Kaprielian opened up a lot of eyes during his last outing. One such pair of eyes belong to the Scorpions manager Tom Goodwin, a first base coach for the Mets. Goodwin is use to seeing top notch pitchers in Queens. After watching Kaprielian pitch, he compared his stuff to that of Jacob deGrom. That is high praise right there.

New York Daily News | Anthony McCarron: “THE Shot Heard Round The Bronx” was the headline caption of Chris Chambliss’ most famous home run in the 1976 ALCS series that sent the Yankees to the World Series. This year is the 40th anniversary of that amazing home run. Chris Chambliss talks about what that was like, as well as what rounding the bases was like through a mob of Yankee fans on the field.

Fun Questions

  • Do you wish fans were still able to run on the field after an incredible series clinching dinger like Chambliss’?
  • Favorite soda?

Song of the Day

Crazy In Love by Beyonce ft. Jay-Z

It’s 2003 Week here on Pinstripe Alley. In 2003, on this day, Aaron Boone hit a ALCS winning home run that sent the Yankees to the World Series instead of the Boston Red Sox. In honor of that pretty awesome dinger, this week is devoted to some of the music from that year. As always, please link us your song of the day.

Aaron Boone